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Grip Strength Is a Good Indicator of LongevityHere Are 9 Hand Exercises to Keep Yours Strong – Well+Good

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

Thanks to our new, 20-second hand-washing practices, our hands got a lot of attention this year. But while most of us know how important it is to keep them clean (cough, cough: very), you may not realize that its also important to keep them strong using hand exercises. In fact, it could even help you live longer.

According to research, grip strength might be an indicator of longevity. A 2018 study found that there is clear evidence that shows low grip strength is associated with a range of poorer health outcomes, and authors told Reuters that grip strength showed a stronger association with cardiovascular disease than blood pressure and physical activity. According to Phaeleau Cunneen, CPT, this is likely attributed to the fact that people with high grip strength lead a generally more active lifestyle, but theres still value in integrating grip-strengthening hand exercises into your routine.

For those of us working from home, our hands have likely started to suffer due to less-than-ideal work setups. A poor home ergonomic set up can contribute to repetitive stress injuries, muscle imbalances, and pain, says Cunneen, which could explain why your fingers are suddenly cramping after a long day of typing on your laptop. This is where hand exercises come in.

Any exercises that increase grip strength, like strength training, will help engage, activate and improve your hand muscles, says Cunneen. Thats important because you want your hand muscles to function optimally so that you can perform day-to-day movements. When you grip heavy objects essentially you are training the muscles in your hands, adds Katie Kollath, ACE, CPT and co-founder of Barpath Fitness. If your grip strength becomes weak, you are setting yourself up for risk of injury and worst-case scenario arthritis in the hands and wrists down the line.

If youre already lifting weights as a part of your regular routine, theres good news: That process, in itself, helps to strengthen your hands because it requires you to hold onto a few extra pounds (think: swinging a kettlebell or curling a dumbbell). And in fact, even doing bodyweight exercises, like planks, can aid in making your grip stronger. Just holding external loadsincluding your body weightwill improve your grip strength and will carry over to most exercises you do in your programming, says Kollath.

If you still find your hands feeling weak or like your muscles are cramping, try putting them through one of the targeted hand exercises below.

To build strength and mobility in your hands, touch your thumb to the tip of each of the four other fingers on the same hand, moving from your pointer to your pinkie and back again.

If you want to increase the range of motion in your hands, put them through a small strength-training circuit. Start with your palm flat, then curl all five of your fingers down at the knuckle. Next, extend your fingers out at a 90-degree angle from your palm, and finally squeeze them into a fist (the harder you squeeze, the better it is for your grip strength). Repeat the process in reverse, then start again from the beginning of the circuit.

Think of this as a resistance band workout for your hands. Place a rubber band around the backs of your fingers, and open your palm as far as you can to try to stretch it out. The added resistance that the band provides will help to strengthen your phalanges.

You know that stress ball you received at the company holiday party last year thats been sitting in your top drawer ever since? Well, its finally going to come in handy. Place it in the palm of your hand, squeeze as hard as you can, and hold for a few seconds before releasing.

To strengthen your hands during your regular workout routine, youll just need to make one tiny tweak to the moves youre likely already doing. Instead of placing your hands flat on the floor during high planks and push-ups, place your fingers in a tented position so that theres a small space between your palms and the ground. This will require your fingers to do the brunt of the work and will build strength in them in the process.

This weighted move will work your hands, wrists, and forearms. Grab a five- to 10-pound dumbbell and hold it vertically in one hand. Seated in a chair, place your forearm on top of one thigh with your wrist and hand out slightly past your knee. Move your wrist up and down slightly, gripping the weight as you move, and try to cycle through three sets of 20 reps on each side.

This move is similar to the lateral wrist extension but challenges your hands in a different way. Staying seated with the same five- to 10-pound weight in your hand, place the back of your forearm against your thigh with your wrist three to four inches over your knee. Flex and extend your wrist to curl the weight (the motion is similar to your usual bicep and tricep curls), and be sure to work through the full range of motion.

Flip your seated dumbbell wrist curl in reverse for this forearm, wrist, and hand strengthener. Place the inside of your forearm on top of your thigh with your wrist three-to-four inches over your knee. Use your wrist to curl the weight up and down (ideally for three sets of 20 reps), which will help you prevent future injury in the areas youre working.

From the same starting position as the seated dumbbell reverse wrist curl, hold a weight in your hand with your palm facing up toward the sky. Allow the weight to roll down to the tips of your fingers (but stop it before it rolls off of your hands and onto the floor), then grab it with the tips of your fingers and curl it back up to start.

Another spot youre probably not giving the love it needs? Your feet. Follow along with this stretch sequence, below.

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Life extension health, rejuvenation and longevity – The Business Times

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

THE relentless pursuit of the elixir of youth has spurred anti-ageing research in attempts to achieve the triple goals of life extension, namely, the triumvirate of healthy lifespan, rejuvenation and longevity.

Sirtuins are a family of cellular enzymes that are powered by a chemical compound called nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD). They play an important role in preventing diseases and even reversing some aspects of ageing.

Studies have shown that increased sirtuin activity in mammals has been associated with a delayed onset of age-related diseases and increased longevity.

Increased sirtuin activity appears to inhibit nerve degeneration and reduces the development of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases (such as diabetes mellitus and abnormal lipid levels).

Hence, if sirtuin activity can be increased using compounds that can boost its activity (STACs or Sirtuin Activating Compounds), the use of STACs can potentially help a person stay healthy longer, even if longevity is not affected.

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Resveratrol is a natural plant phenol STAC found in the skin of red grapes and other fruits such as blueberries and cranberries. Contrary to common belief, red wine contains very little of it. Resveratrol has been shown to have life-extending properties in studies on lower-order species such as yeast and nematodes, but this effect has marginal reliability in higher-order species. Nevertheless, it has been shown to have potentially beneficial effects.

Before you start taking large doses of resveratrol, you may be surprised to know that it is a Janus-faced compound. Low dietary doses may suffice to elicit the biological responses required to optimise the body's defence mechanisms against incipient disease. But at high doses, it behaves in a contrarian manner.

At low doses, resveratrol induces responses that overlap with the female hormone oestradiol. Low-dose effects seen in animal and human studies include beneficial metabolic effects such as more efficient glucose reduction in diabetics, reducing the development of obesity and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, protecting against arterial degeneration, delaying development of neurodegeneration, and improving motor and cognitive functions.

At high doses, resveratrol has an anti-oestrogen effect which suggests that it may reduce the risk of oestrogen-dependent cancers. This Janus-faced hormetic effects of resveratrol may partly explain the French paradox, where there is a reduced incidence of cardiovascular diseases and certain types of cancer in some populations despite their consumption of high-fat diets.


NAD is an important molecule that is essential for over 500 enzyme reactions in the body which impact metabolism, ageing, cell death, DNA repair, and gene expression. Hence, NAD plays a pivotal role in human health span and longevity and is a necessary substrate for sirtuin enzymatic activity.

In mammalian cells, NAD is mainly generated by the conversion of nicotinamide (a soluble form of Vitamin B3) into nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN) followed by its combination with another molecule to form NAD. There is also another precursor, nicotinamide riboside (NR), that is converted by enzymes to NMN in the cells. As this pathway is safe and also the most efficient route for production of NAD, NMN or NR supplementation has been used to increase NAD levels.

Animal studies have shown that NMN supplementation can ameliorate the age-related reduction in NAD production in cells and improve the body's cardiovascular response to ageing. Age-related decrease in arterial elasticity means that the aorta is less able to expand and buffer the increased blood pressure generated each time the heart pumps. With ageing, the production of a pressure-bearing protein, type 1 collagen, in the arterial wall increases, whereas the main protein responsible for the structural integrity and elastic properties of the arterial wall, elastin, decreases. Studies in mice have shown that NMN supplementation was able to reduce stiffness in large arteries by reversing the accumulation of type 1 collagen in arterial walls and improving elastin content.

From the age of 40 years onwards, there is a gradual decline in perfusion of the body tissues resulting in gradual deterioration in body function towards the last decades of life. A consequence of this is cognitive decline.

Optimal brain function is dependent on adequate oxygen and nutrient delivery via minute brain blood vessels (cerebral microvascular circulation). This modulation of brain blood flow in response to increased brain activity is impaired with age, contributing to age-related cognitive impairment. Studies in aged mice given NMN have demonstrated an improvement in the modulation of cerebral microvascular circulation. Animal studies have also shown that NMN can prevent age-related cognitive decline by reducing cell death in areas of the brain that control short- and long-term memory.

Use of NMN was also associated with decrease in the neurodegenerative changes seen in Alzheimer's disease and age-related retinal changes. This age-related decrease in the production of new vessels and a gradual decrease of blood vessels in the microcirculation also result in reduction in muscle mass and diminishing exercise capacity with age. Mice given NMN were able to demonstrate an increase in the production of new vessels in the muscle and an increase in density of small vessels, thereby improving exercise capacity.

Caloric restriction

Caloric restriction (CR) which involves calorie reduction without causing malnutrition, has been associated with an increase in lifespan in some animal studies. In these studies, dietary CR was associated with increased lifespan and reduced disease incidence, especially cancers. However, some studies did not show benefit and, in some mouse strains, CR was associated with shortened lifespan.

Observational studies on humans who have practised extreme CR over many years showed low levels of risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Similarly, a human study on CR, the CALERIE study, found that CR participants had lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol.

The study was too short to examine the impact of CR on lifespan. The current conclusion from the National Institute of Aging in the United States is that there is not enough evidence to recommend CR as a therapeutic measure for life extension. Although CR was associated with lower risk factors for cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, caution is urged as in a study using mouse lemurs on prolonged CR, MRI studies showed that there was more widespread age-related grey matter atrophy in CR animals while only a few regions in the brain showed atrophy in those not on CR.

Life extension

Globally, heart disease and stroke are the two main causes of death in most high-middle and high-income countries. Hence, the first cardinal principle in life extension is to control the risk factors such as blood pressure elevation, cholesterol elevation, sugar elevation and smoking.

The second principle is to have a healthy lifestyle such as keeping the weight within the healthy range and exercising regularly. Both physical exercise and dietary CR result in a significant increase in NAD production and increase sirtuin activity. CR may be an option as part of a weight-reduction regime to keep the weight optimal.

The third principle is to see your doctor regularly to control risk factors.

Finally, among the supplement options, scientific studies favour the use of low-dose resveratrol or NMN as they may potentially provide many health benefits via increased sirtuin activity, although more studies will be required to understand their efficacy in human life extension.

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#PopVultures Podcast: GOT7 and longevity of pop idol groups – The Straits Times

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

#PopVultures Ep 39: GOT7 and longevity of pop idol groups

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Synopsis: The Straits Times examines the ins and outs of pop culture in the Asian entertainment and Hollywood industries.

In their first episode of 2021, #PopVultures Jan Lee and Sam Jo discuss some K-pop news - the exodus of GOT7 members from their management agency JYP Entertainment. They recap the details of the GOT7 exit, discuss the social media shadiness that went down, and ponder the future of GOT7.

Covering the examples of J-pop boy band Arashi, the changing cast of UK girl group Sugababes, the not-so-harmonious Fifth Harmony, the tragic tale of TLC, and the reunion of Taiwanese boy band 5566, the #PopVultures examine the longevity of pop idol groups, the factors crucial for groups with staying power and reasons for an early demise.

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How to live longer: The duration and intensity of exercise that best promotes longevity – Express

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

A new, large-cohort study led by the University of Oxford used accelerometers (wrist-worn devices) to accurately record the activity of more than 90,000 participants over a five year period.

The researchers on the study found that physical activity is not only associated with lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease, but the greatest benefit is seen for those who are active at the highest level.

Over the five-year follow up period, 3,617 of the participants were diagnosed with cardiovascular disease (3,305 nonfatal and 312 fatal).

This included 2,220 men and 1,397 women. In the participants, as the amount of moderate and vigorous physical activity increased, cases of cardiovascular disease decreased, with no threshold where the effects of exercise stopped improving cardiovascular health.

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Exclusive: Market volatility to spur 30bn of buy-ins and buyouts in 2021 –

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

Aley: We don't see uncertainty denting demand

Pension risk transfer volumes this year will look similar to those in 2020 as market volatility creates opportunities for schemes able to act fast, according to Willis Towers Watson.

In its annual de-risking report, published today (19 January), the consultancy predicted that buy-in and buyout volumes would top 30bn in 2021, while longevity swap deals would approach 25bn.

Around 24.2bn of bulk annuity deals for 2020 have so far been announced, although Willis Towers Watson said it was aware of at least 26bn announced or that it had advised on, while another 4bn are set to be confirmed within the coming weeks.

Willis Towers Watson said market volatility seen in 2020, which led to "incredibly attractive" insurer pricing as credit spreads widened, could be repeated in 2021 amid continuing pressures from the pandemic and Brexit.

On a similar note, lower than expected rates of mortality improvement in the years to 2020, as well as a growth in the number of reinsures in the market, has contributed to reduced costs of pensioner longevity swap pricing, a trend the consultancy expected to continue.

Managing director in transactions Ian Aley commented: "The pensions de-risking market has proved itself to be incredibly resilient and, while uncertainty will remain in 2021, we don't see this denting the desire and ability for pension schemes to complete risk management transactions.

"It remains to be seen what impact Covid-19 will have on longer-term expectations for mortality rates. For many schemes, the market pricing of longevity will currently look very attractive relative to their funding reserves.

"We therefore expect schemes will continue to look to lock into assumptions which are affordable against their current funding target to reduce future uncertainty as part of their wider hedging programmes."

Willis Towers Watson also predicted an "acceleration" in the superfund or defined benefit consolidation market following the introduction of an interim regulatory regime last year, particularly as Covid-19 financial support unwinds and corporates enter distressed scenarios.

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Greek Australians have second highest longevity in the world, says Dr Norman Swan – Neos Kosmos

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

A new health book is expected to reveal evidence supporting that Greek Australians are among those living longest lives on the planet.

Author Dr Norman Swan brought up the example speaking about the upcoming publication to 9 Channels Today show.

I started writing this book for millennials because they have a lot of questions to ask about their health[] theyre really interested in nutrition, Dr Swan said before revealing that first generation Greek Australians are the second longest lived people in the world after the Japanese.

But he says the reasons go beyond the benefits of the Mediterranean diet, speaking of a package of stuff.

They have their own herb garden and vegetable garden, theyre cooking fresh and cooking turns out to be really important because its a chemistry set to actually make you fell healthier.

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Religion also plays a role, he contends in influencing diet.

What elderly Greek Australians do is they fast about a 100 days a year, but its a vegan fast no meat, or eggs, or dairy and they do live a long time.

Marketed as the ultimate health guide from Australias most trusted doctor, his upcoming book covers a wide range of health topics including nutrition and sex, with the aim of debunking common myths and making it easier for people to lead a healthy living.

Our minds have been filled with things to worry about from insomnia, to screen addiction, to guilt about not eating a paleo diet, to when will my eggs clap out and when will his sperm, to what really can make us live longer better? My aim is to get you to worry less and give you the information thatll allow you to make sensible decisions, whether youre 25 or 75, the author promises.

Dr Swan is a doctor and award-winning journalist with nearly four decades of experience in reporting medical news in Australia.

In the past year, his voice became familiar to millions as the host of the ABCs Coronacast, a podcast breaking down latest news and research on the novel coronavirus, reaching up to 3 million downloads monthly.

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Longevity of thermal fluid heaters – Engineer Live

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

Chris Horsley explores the longevity of thermal fluid heaters

For a process heating equipment manufacturer, you might just say thermal fluid heaters are bad for business.They just go on and on and on, and maintenance and service requirements are low, in fact a fraction of the cost of maintaining an equivalent heat output steam plant.Wheres the repeat business?Wheres the big service contracts and money to be made replacing worn parts?Of course, for a customer, this is music to your ears!

Thermal fluid heaters frequently run for 20 years and often longer.Even when the heaters themselves might be at the end of their working life, the pipe work system and other plant is often as good as new, so upgrades are simple and cost effective to implement at any time.

Thermal fluid heating is based on a similar principle to a simple hot water system. It consists of a heater connected to carbon steel flow and return pipework that can provide heat to one or more users or systems.Instead of water running through the pipework, a thermal fluid typically a specialist mineral oil or synthetic based fluid is used as the heat transfer medium.Different fluids can be used to meet specific process heating requirements including high temperature operations and processes requiring heating and cooling thereby making it a very flexible system.

Thermal fluid heaters typically operate at up to 350C at atmospheric pressure and remain pumpable down to minus 20C and lower with special fluids, which makes it a solution suitable for a multitude of applications.

Thermal fluid heaters have rapidly grown in popularity across all industry sectors over the years.This is mainly due to their far-ranging benefits which include their ease of use, compact size, safer operation when compared to steam generators, precise heat control, low exhaust emissions and their energy efficiency.They also operate outside the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations as the fluid is not maintained in the liquid phase by pressure, so statutory inspections are eliminated.This further reduces operating costs and increases plant availability.

When it comes to flexibility in use, thermal fluid heaters often work at high temperatures in a simple closed loop.Compared to a steam system this means no change of state of the fluid, so no condensate and therefore no flash steam losses, no blow down losses or make up water required, no effluent discharge and completely corrosion free operation without the need for expensive chemical treatment.The savings thermal fluid heaters bring are very significant, often up to 50% of the overall cost of running a process heating system.

But one aspect that frequently gets overlooked is the longevity thermal fluid heaters enjoy, which should be a major point when deciding how to heat a process, especially in these uncertain times when many businesses are having to buckle belts that much tighter. With sustainability a key issue, plant longevity is not only about reducing capex, but also reducing wastage and equipment redundancy.

As mentioned, a thermal fluid system should easily serve you 20 or more years without any reduction in productivity as it ages.It would be difficult to find any equipment, process or otherwise, that can match this level of service.Take a car, for example.Assuming the car runs at an average 30mph and covers 200,000 miles before being scrapped it will operate for about 6000 hours in its total life.A Babcock Wanson thermal fluid heater, on the other hand, will usually run for more than 100,000 hours - or the equivalent of 3,000,000 miles with the minimum of service requirements! And thats just looking at heaters with a typical lifespan; Babcock Wanson is still servicing heaters that are more than 40 years old and working away every day quite happily!

Theres no secret elixir for long life when it comes to thermal fluid heaters.Their exceptional longevity is a direct result from their passive nature (there are very few moving parts) and the swapping out of water for a thermal fluid as the heat transfer medium.Unlike water and steam based systems, thermal fluid heaters are unaffected by corrosion caused by water over time, or by ambient temperature where water freezing within pipes leads to costly failures.In fact, most thermal fluids are mineral oil based so are effectively lubricants that help keep the system components protected in use.

However, not all thermal fluid heaters are equal, so it pays to do your homework.Heaters that will best stand the test of time are mostly designed for a downward fired configuration which ensures stress free and unrestricted expansion of the heater coils during normal operation.Also look for a heater that has been designed with a barrier between the hot combustion gases and the outer structure, as this will help provide long heater life as the higher pressure and cooler outer air helps prevent any escape of combustion gases as the plant ages over time.Babcock Wansons TPC and EPC range of thermal fluid heaters, for example, come with an integral, air-cooled outer case that provides this barrier, as well as acting as both a combustion air pre-heater/economiser.Lastly, ensure the heater is fully integrated and has a factory tested control system.

Another key factor is overall emissions. With higher process operating efficiency comes lower total emissions which provides savings in operating costs whilst being much better for the environment.

Its also vital that the thermal fluid heater you decide upon is correctly installed, commissioned and maintained.Thermal Fluid Systems - A Practical Guide for Safe Design, Operation and Maintenancefrom the Combustion Engineering Association (CEA) proffers excellent advice for designers, owners, managers and operators of new and existing thermal fluid heating systems to operate safe and efficient installations. It addresses system design considerations such as choice of fluid, heat source, expansion and deaeration, pumps and pipework, to installation and commissioning and operation and maintenance. Its important to understand how thermal fluid heaters work to ensure you get the most out of your investment, including long life.

With careful system design and careful choice of heater design a thermal fluid system will provide many years of trouble-free ownership, allowing the operator to concentrate on their process needs in the sure knowledge they are getting the best from their process heating investment.

Chris Horsley, is Process Engineering Director at Babcock Wanson

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How Covid-19 Has Changed Aging and Retirement – Longevity LIVE – Longevity LIVE

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

COVID-19 has shaken the entire world, causing far and wide social and monetary havoc all over. The most evident and distressing thing is the huge number of lives lost to the pandemic, yet it keeps taking more and more. As authorities keep on trying to wrestle with controlling the pandemic, the lasting effects from this deadly virus still cause irreparable damage to the livelihood of everyone.

Without a doubt, the financial slump is unusual for anything the economy has ever experienced. Over the initial three months of the pandemic, a huge case of joblessness was reported. As the pandemic spreads, a complete shutdown of the economy can be expected.

As agonizing as this scene has been for everyone, it has been particularly going after the older population. While seniors profit through the basic help given through retirement plans, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented uncommon difficulties for this gathering. The most harmful component has been the radically higher fatality for retirement-age people.

Heres how older people have faced higher levels of difficulty and displacement in the face of this pandemic and recession.

Since COVID-19 has affected all different areas of the world, it has gotten to the retirement and nursing homes as well; because of the pandemic related death in these institutions, older people are opting out of this life. Moreover, most nursing homes are not equipped well enough to deal with the pandemic and dont have enough resources available on hand.

People are choosing to stay home and quarantine with their family members instead of spending this difficult time at a care home. The elderly were locked away in senior living centers before this and didnt have any emotional support from the outside, so aging at home will increase interaction between the younger and older generations.

As there has been an increase in the number of deaths due to COVID-19 in nursing homes, this can prove to be a good thing as age segregation is not likely favored by most retirees.

The pandemic is also disrupting our entire lifestyles as we cant socialize or engage in any activities outside the confines of our home. A healthy amount of physical and social activities is responsible for healthy mental and physical health.

Due to being confined to our homes, studies have shown how loneliness is related to causing a decline in our health, leading to depression, heart diseases, and overall cognitive decline; this is especially hard on the older population and can decrease life expectancy.

Most new technology discoveries are meant to be endorsed by the younger generations. That said, the pandemic has caused most tech entrepreneurs to think about the needs of older people at home as well.

There has been a wave of innovation in the tech field, aimed specifically at the needs of the older generation. Telemedicine has made it possible for people to have appointments with their doctors virtually and keep their health in check.

For example, wearable health devices and diagnostic tests have been very helpful in checking blood pressure, heart rate, and other vital signs and have made it easier for baby boomers to combat the effects of this pandemic.

Its inevitable to spend all your time at home, stuck in one place, not allowed to go anywhere, and not re-evaluate the life choices you have made. Due to all this free time at hand, the older generation is opting for a healthier lifestyle. They are making the most of all the idle time they have on their hands.

It has proven that life is short, and we have to make the most of our limited time on this planet. This has caused a lot of people to reassess how they spend their time and explore new and exciting hobbies.

On the other hand, some senior citizens are also feeling closer to nature, religion, and spirituality. They have more time on their hands, so prayer times have increased and people are reflecting more on morality, happiness, and connectedness.

After the re-evaluation of your life choices, its almost impossible not to think about death and make an end of life plans. Older people have been shown a reminder that they are not going to live forever. This has caused them to kick-start, making retirement and aging life plans.

However, this might be a difficult topic for most of us; its a smart choice to analyze all the expenses needed for your after-care and end of life planning. Theres a lot of helpful material online.

As mentioned above, this pandemic has practically forced us to reassess our life choices; it has also stirred up a lot of mixed feelings about retirement plans in the older generation. In fact, both younger and older members of society have started saving up for when they retire.

Due to the major decline in our economy, it has been made clear that its important to cut out extra costs and expenses. Its also best to have a proper budget and savings dedicated to retirement. Moreover, one needs to work longer and smarter, to be prepared for difficult times. Companies have also adapted to remote working and schedules, so its easier for older people.

The pandemic has been responsible for causing intergenerational conflicts among different societies. Its also affected how people belonging to different ages are dealing with this abrupt change of lifestyles.

This has caused us to think about aging from a different perspective. This is because older people have experienced times like this much longer than the rest of us; it has forced us to see how older people are more resilient in times of crisis.

The pandemic has brought people together. This is because, in times of distress and uncertainty, we are reminded of how much we need to stick together. Coronavirus has also helped remove the gap between generations. Its brought everyone closer together, regardless of age, as we are all in this together.

Arslan Hassan is an electrical engineer with a passion for writing, designing, and anything tech-related. His educational background in the technical field has given him the edge to write on many topics.

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How to live longer: Grapefruit could prevent cancer, protect the heart and boost longevity – TechnoCodex

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

Grapefruit is a citrus fruit thats rich in the powerful antioxidant lycopene, revealed dietitian Juliette Kellow and nutritionist Dr Sarah Brewer.

Regularly eating red grapefruit, specifically, could reduce the amount of bad cholesterol in your body, they said.

Everyone should aim to eat a portion of citrus fruits every single day to increase their lifespan, they added.

Best known for containing vitamin C, which supports the immune system, citrus fruits do far more than just fight infections, they said in their book Eat Better Live Longer Understand What Your Body Needs To Stay Healthy.

They are linked tight everything from protection against heart disease and cancer to slowing down cataract development.

Grapefruit help to lower cholesterol levels. [They] come in pink, red, and blond varieties. Pink and red are rich in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant.

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Taylor Wilde Is Inspired By Renee Young And Gail Kim, Says Diversification Adds Longevity To Womens Careers – Wrestlezone

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

Taylor Wilderecently spoke with WrestleZone Managing Editor Bill Pritchard about her return to wrestling and took some time to reflect on the opportunities afforded to womens wrestlers and how things are moving forward. The Knockouts Tag Team Championship Tournament will conclude this Saturday at Hard To Kill, and while we know both teams in the final match, Wildesaid she was also excited for the opportunity thatHavok and Nevaeh have with a potential title win.

Im excited to see Havok and Nevaeh. Nevaehs always been someone who has strengths in tag team wrestling and tag divisions havent really existed for women exclusively outside of IMPACT really, so its interesting to see the angle she takes because from what I know about her on the independents, [Nevaeh] and Havok are real talent enhancers and theyve really helped change the trajectory of womens wrestling on the independents. Im excited to see what they can do with up-and-comers and the staples of the company. I love seeing whats old is new again and whats new is old because its very reminiscent of when I was last there, Wilde explained, and the Knockouts had a very important role on the show. It feels like were getting closer and closer to where we were before the Hogan invasion. [laughs]

Wilde also added that the continued push and diversification of womens wrestling opens up more opportunities once talent steps out of the ring. Wilde pointed to how women used to be aged out of the ring in the past, but new roles and being introduced its an exciting prospect.

Itd be wonderful and it just adds to that diversification of the Knockouts and womens wrestling because thats what weve moved to. Were way out of the Divas era and these women have substance, characters, and adding diversification also adds to the longevity of a womens career whereas before, once you hit the 35-40 range, Wilde said, youre [at a new stage in life], you know, and its a really great time [now] for womens wrestling.

You have Madison Rayne and Renee Young, who have been doing the ringside commentary and the backstage interviews, as well as Gail Kim being an agent. All of these things are really new in the last 5-10 years, but its very inspirational and motivating for not only someone like myself, Wilde said, who is in their golden years as far as wrestling goes, but for all of the up-and-comers, their careers wont be stunted by the time they are 35 or 40. They have much more to look forward to.

Check out what Taylor has been up to onher podcast,Wilde On. Season 2 premieres on Wednesday with Trish Stratus as her first guest.

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First Drive: The Fiat 500 EV proves this supermini’s unrivalled longevity – Jersey Evening Post

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

Thats right, the new generation 500 cannot be bought with an internal combustion engine. Instead its been completely reinvented with new underpinnings and a new look. As an urban car, on paper, the 500 is the perfect model for electrification, so lets find out if it stacks up.

Pretty much everything except for the name is new. Its the first Fiat Chrysler Automobiles model to be built from the ground up as an electric vehicle, so its perhaps unsurprising that it has led with its most iconic car.

That makes it wider and longer than the outgoing model, gets level-two autonomous driving features, a futuristic twist on the classic 500 styling, and two battery size choices with fast charging up to 85kW. Its also offered as both a hatchback and convertible.

Whats under the bonnet?

The powertrain is impressively compact to maximise space in the cabin. Under the bonnet, where an engine would typically live, is a power electronic bay, which incorporates various aspects of the powertrain such as the charger module and power inverter. Beneath it sits the electric drive module, which has the motor and differential. Its output is 115bhp (or 94bhp on the smaller battery version) and 220Nm of torque.

Beneath the cabin sits the battery pack, which is available in 42kWh or 23.7kWh capacities, providing up to 199 and 115 miles of range respectively. The smaller battery can charge at a maximum rate of 50kW, which takes 30 minutes to get to 80% of charge, while the larger one can take up to 85kW, which takes 35 minutes to reach 80%.

Whats it like to drive?

In previous generations, the 500s trump card has always been its style, and while it hasnt been bad to drive, its far from class leading. However, the new 500 feels like a massive step up. Electric powertrains suit city cars down to the ground and this Fiat is no different.

The electric motor doesnt quite have the immediate kick of acceleration of some EVs, but its much more sprightly than a petrol car when driving around town. Its comfortable, too, without suffering from the overly harsh ride some rivals struggle with.

The 500 could have been the worst car ever made and it would still sell by the boatload because Fiat absolutely nailed the retro-modern styling. This new model has seen the most dramatic change yet, because although its unmistakably a 500, its got an ultra-modern edge that would be well-suited to a concept car.

Despite being larger now, its retained the charming dinky proportions we know and love. It has a solid front grille with a prominent 500 logo that should be tacky but has been implemented in a classy way, while the ring light around the oval headlights is a simple, modern yet characterful touch.

Again, the interior feels like its moved up a level. This is partly because the starting price is higher, as is the case with all EVs, so they tend to get more premium materials and style to help justify it. However, while the Fiat doesnt necessarily feel more premium, gone is the clunky, fussy interior of old and in its place is a sleek minimalist dashboard.

It has a simplified oval instrument binnacle design, which is about the only similarity with its predecessor. Now, the centre console is simply a prominent screen on the dashboard where most features are controlled from, as well as a few physical buttons below for the air conditioning and gear selection.

Prices start at 22,495 for the hatchback. There are four trim levels on the hatchback, while the drop-top goes without the entry-level Action trim, which is only available with the smaller battery. Standard equipment includes rear parking sensors, 15-inch alloy wheels, halogen headlights, air conditioning and digital instruments. However, theres no infotainment screen you get a smartphone cradle instead.

Step up to Passion and you get the larger battery, cruise control, automatic air conditioning and a seven-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. After this, Icon models get a leather steering wheel, passive entry with a wearable key, 16-inch alloy wheels, and 10.25-inch infotainment screen with sat-nav.

Finally, the top-spec La Prima trim gets extensive extra equipment, including wireless phone charging, leather seats, 360-degree parking sensors, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and a six-speaker sound system.

Reinventing the Fiat 500 was a big ask. But you have to say fair play to the Italians, because they have managed to find everything thats loved about the previous 500 and packaged it up in a modern-looking car with a future-proof electric powertrain.

Theres now more substance to the 500s style, because its great to drive, more spacious and has ultra-low running costs too. Its safe to say this city cars reign of success is likely to continue for a good while yet.

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Youth using e-cigarettes 3 times as likely to become daily cigarette smokers – University of California

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

An analysis of a large nationally representative longitudinal study by University of California San Diego Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science report that starting tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, before the age of 18 is a major risk factor for people becoming daily cigarette smokers.

Reporting in the January 11, 2021 online edition of Pediatrics, researchers found that in 2014 people age 12 to 24 who used e-cigarettes were three times as likely to become daily cigarette smokers in the future. Among those who reported using a tobacco product, daily use increased with age through age 28. Daily cigarette smoking nearly doubled between 18 to 21 year olds (12 percent) and 25 to 28 year olds (21 percent).

This is the first paper that actually looks at progression to dependent cigarette smoking among young adults. In these data, e-cigarettes are a gateway for those who become daily cigarette smokers, said the studys first author, John P. Pierce, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science and UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center. The start product has changed from cigarettes to e-cigarettes, but the end product has stayed the same. When users become dependent on nicotine, they are converting to cigarette smoking.

Researchers used data from the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study, a longitudinal study of tobacco use and its effect on the health of people in the United States. The PATH Study, undertaken by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the FDA Center for Tobacco Products under contract to Westat, enrolled a nationally representative sample of 12 to 24 year olds between in 2013 and 2014 and re-interviewed them annually for four years to explore progression to daily use among experimenters of 12 tobacco products.

In the first year, 45 percent of study participants reported using at least one tobacco product in their lifetime. By the fourth year, as participants aged, 62 percent reported some tobacco experimentation. Among those who have ever experimented with tobacco, 73 percent had tried cigarettes and 72 percent had tried e-cigarettes. Further, more than half tried hookahs and cigarillos. Traditional cigars, filtered cigars, smokeless products, pipes and snus were each tried by more than10 percent of study participants.

The analyses revealed that, by year four, 12 percent of participants were using tobacco products daily half of whom became daily users after the first year. Seventy percent of daily users smoked cigarettes and most of them (63 percent) used cigarettes exclusively. Of those who smoked cigarettes and used another tobacco product, half vaped e-cigarettes on a non-daily basis.

Among the 17 percent of daily users who were vaping every day, almost half were also non-daily cigarette smokers. Further follow-up will determine whether these young daily tobacco users continue to use both products or whether they settle on a single product, said Pierce.

What were seeing is that the proportion who are daily e-cigarette users did not increase with age. Whereas with cigarettes the number of users jumps up rapidly with age, said Pierce. This rapid increase with age only occurred with cigarettes, not with any other tobacco products.

Less than 1 percent of study participants who experimented with just one tobacco product progressed to daily cigarette smoking. People who had tried five or more products increased their risk of becoming daily cigarette smokers by 15 percentage points.

Trying e-cigarettes and multiple other tobacco products before the age of 18 is also strongly associated with becoming daily cigarette smoking, said senior author Karen Messer, Ph.D., professor at UC San Diego Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science and director of biostatics at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center.

We know that e-cigarette use among high school seniors, most under the age of 18, increased from 38 percent in 2016 to 45 percent in 2019. These results suggest that recent rapid growth in adolescent e-cigarette use will lead to increased daily cigarette smoking among young adults in the United States, reversing decades of decline in cigarette smoking.

Co-authors include: Ruifeng Chen, Eric C. Leas, Martha M. White, Sheila Kealey, Matthew D. Stone, Tarik Benmarhnia, Dennis R. Trinidad and David R. Strong, all of UC San Diego.

This research was funded, in part, by the National Institutes of Health (1R01CA234539) and by the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program of the University of California Office of the President (28IR-0066).

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Over 50s Spending Spree Boosts Economy By Billions – Money International

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

Older consumers are a benefit to the economy rather than a drain on resources, according to new research.

The over 50s will spend 63p in every 1 in the UK by 2040 rising from 54p in the 1 in 2018.

And the money is spent across the board rather than on specific goods and services,

However, think-tank the International Longevity Centre (ILC) believes the country could benefit even more if the government looked at lifting barriers to spending by older people.

The ILC reportMaximising the longevity dividendreveals spending by the over 50s has dominated the UK economy since 2013 and will rise over the coming decades, from 54% (319 billion) of total consumer spending in 2018 to 63% by 2040 (550 billion).

According to the report, lifting barriers to spending by the over 75s could add 2% (47 billion) to GDP a year by 2040 and supporting the over 50s to remain in the workforce could add an another 1.3% to GDP a year by 2040.

David Sinclair, Director of the ILC, said: As the population ages there are enormous economic opportunities, but these are currently being neglected.

There are enormous gains to be made by individual businesses and for the economy if we can unlock the spending and earning power of older adults.

But too many people face barriers to working and spending in later life issues like inaccessible high streets, poorly designed products, and age discriminatory attitudes require a serious response.

Weve become accustomed to hearing our ageing population talked about as a bad thing but the reality is it could be an opportunity.

However, we wont realise this longevity dividend through blind optimism about ageing. Instead, we need concerted action to tackle the barriers to spending and working in later life.

We need action to make sure our extra years are healthy years, we need accessible high streets and workplaces that are free from age discrimination and we need continued action to ensure that people have access to decent pensions in later life.

Realising the longevity dividend will require decisive action of the kind weve yet to see from either business or government. For all the talk of baby boomers dominating politics, weve yet to see a serious response to the opportunities and this needs to change.

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Global Longevity Biotech Industry Market 2021 Insights Business Opportunities, Current Trends And Restraints Forecast 2027:Juvenescence, Unity…

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

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3 Benefits Of CBD Oil To Manage Anxiety And Stress – Longevity LIVE – Longevity LIVE

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

Its ironic that people have never been this anxious and stressed in a world that has never seen so much comfort, technological, and medical advancement. As if the more artificial certainty we create for ourselves through medicine, perfectly coordinated schedules, and effortless processes thanks to technology, we have become more afraid of the uncertainty of life.

Acceptance of this uncertainty is the first step to easing stress and anxiety. After all, the unknown is such a massive part of our life whether we choose to acknowledge it or not. After that, we can try to ease stress and anxiety with other healthy habits. Reducing the amount of sugar and exercising more outside are two excellent ways of bringing more peace into our life.

There is another natural way to ease stress and anxiety a natural compound that has been around for thousands of years known as CBD.

Short for cannabinol, CBD is the second most predominant active ingredient in the cannabis plant. CBD is derived from the hemp plant, and as a result, it contains a low level of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The latter is a considerable component of marijuana it is the reason users become high. However, in hemp-derived CBD, the THC level is less than 0.3 percent, so users are at no risk of becoming high or overdosing.

This is why the World Health Organization (WHO) has deemed CBD a safe, natural compound. Its low THC content is also the reason countries such as the US have legalized CBD. Although research on this natural compound is limited, researchers have noted the significant potential CBD has for a list of chronic and mental health issues such as diabetes, depression, insomnia, PTSD, and more.

Thanks to its positive attributes, some of the worlds top CBD oil brands have made this natural compound more accessible and safer to buy, whether online or in a brick-and-mortar store. CBD oil is easy to ingest. You can take it sublingually by placing a drop under your tongue for it to be absorbed quickly, or you can add it to anything from your morning smoothie, coffee, cereal, or salad dressing.

Chemical imbalances in our brain and hormone imbalance in the body are the leading causes of stress and anxiety once we face stressful situations, whether they are real or imagined. Treating stress and anxiety with CBD is possible and safe. The following are three ways CBD oil can help.

For those who are chronically stressed and anxious, taking something that will make you feel you have lost control isnt a good idea. This is why anxious people who take marijuana do not enjoy the experience. Its because the high THC content and the mind-altering effects it brings makes them feel more anxious and paranoid.

This is not an issue with CBD. Since this natural compound causes no mind-altering effects, you will not experience more anxiety and stress caused by the fear of getting high and losing control. Researchers have noted no harmful side effects of CBD, and unlike some medications, it is gentle on the organs. The only known side effects some CBD users have experienced include nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting.

Cortisol is a critical hormone that helps us determine whether we fight or flight during an emergency. But when you suffer from chronic stress and cortisol is released continuously in the body, it leads to adverse effects. High levels of cortisol lead to a weak immune system, weight gain, and chronic fatigue. All of these factors can cause more stress.

CBD can help ease stress by balancing cortisol levels in the body. When you take CBD oil, the cannabinoids interact with the receptors running through the body. Although researchers have yet to understand how CBD interacts with the receptors, they know that it can signal to them and trigger change. Here, the change comes as more balanced cortisol levels in the body.

CBD can also trigger the release of more serotonin and GABA in the mind and body. Serotonin is a critical neurotransmitter that infuses us with the sense of well-being we need to feel less anxious. Located in the brain region, GABA helps ease anxiety by signaling to the body to be more relaxed. In both cases, CBD can interact with the receptors to trigger changes and encourage the body to increase serotonin and GABA levels.

Stress and anxiety are part of life, but they do not need to rule our days. Healthily dealing with them is better than avoiding these negative traits, as we would be allowing them to become worse. When you feel overwhelmed, it is best to turn to someone you can trust. They will remind you that although you may feel like it, you are not alone. You can get through this.

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Mystery Plant: Beautiful, magical and edible, this aquatic bloom has many uses – The Daily Progress

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

Following the leaves, a given rhizome will produce one or more flowering stalks. These stalks (also roughened) are without leaves themselves: such a stalk is called a scape. (Another good example of a scape would be the stem of a daffodil.). Each scape will bear a single flower, all the way at the top. A football-shaped, green bud eventually will open up, allowing the flowers 15 or so exquisitely pink (sometimes white) tepals to spread open. The center of the flower bears a lot of stamens, often more than 100, and several pistils, with each pistil embedded in a flattened receptacle.

At maturity, the tepals have all fallen away, and the receptacle swells a bit into a conical shape, with very hard, spherical seeds embedded in its tissue. These seeds are amazing for their longevity, easily sprouting after 100 years of dormancy. Some reports indicate that they may still be good after several centuries.

The entire plant, in addition to the rhizomes, has been used since antiquity in central and eastern Asia, where it is native, in various ways. But it is the extraordinary blossoms that make this species so special: a plant that can resurrect itself from quiet mud into something resplendent and almost sacred.

By the way, the seeds will sprout if scarified, and sometimes the rhizomes are available for planting. Be aware that, if happy enough, this plant can be invasive.

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The meat spot – Japanese people may have gained longevity by balancing their diets | Graphic detail – The Economist

Thursday, January 14th, 2021

Japans rate of strokes fell during a period when it began eating a bit of meat

Jan 16th 2021

TANAKA KANE is one of humanitys great outliers. On January 2nd she became the third person ever to turn 118, according to the Gerontology Research Group, a team of academics. She is also the first citizen of Japan to reach 118but is unlikely to be the last. The country has the worlds longest life expectancy, and 80,000 centenarians.

Mrs Tanaka is an outlier for another reason, too. She claims to love chocolate and fizzy drinks, setting her apart from most of her compatriots. Japan has long had one of the lowest sugar-consumption rates in the OECD, a club of mainly wealthy countries.

The unusual longevity enjoyed in Japan is often credited to diet. Yet the idea that the country has extended lifespans by entirely avoiding the Wests sinful culinary delights may be too simple. In fact, recent studies imply that one key to its success may be that its peoples diets have shifted over time towards Western eating patterns.

Japan was not always a longevity champion. In 1970 its age-adjusted mortality rates were average for the OECD. Although its levels of cancer and heart disease were relatively low, it also had the OECDs highest frequency of cerebrovascular deaths, caused by blood failing to reach the brain.

In 1970-90, however, Japans cerebrovascular mortality rate fell towards the OECD average. With world-beating numbers on heart disease and fewer strokes, Japan soared up the longevity league table.

How did Japan overcome its cerebrovascular woes? Some of its gains simply mirror better treatments and reductions in blood pressure around the world, notes Thomas Truelsen of the University of Copenhagen.

However, another cause may be diets. Japan largely banned meat for 1,200 years, and still consumes relatively little meat and dairy. Too much of these can be damaging, since they contain saturated fatty acids, which correlate to heart disease. Studies have also tied eating lots of processed red meat to a greater risk of stroke. But too little may be unwise as well, because they provide cholesterol that may be needed for blood-vessel walls. In a study of 48,000 Britons, vegetarians were unusually resistant to heart disease, but prone to strokes.

In theory, a dearth of animal-based food could have contributed to Japans historical cerebrovascular mortality. In 1960-2013, as the countrys deaths from strokes tumbled, its annual meat intake rose from near zero to 52kg per person (45% of Americas level). Tsugane Shoichiro of the National Cancer Centre in Tokyo says that his compatriots may need meat and dairy to keep their blood vessels robustthough not so much that those vessels get clogged.

Some empirical evidence supports this view. One paper from the 1990s found that the parts of Japan where diets had changed most also had the biggest drops in cerebrovascular mortality. Another study, which tracked 80,000 Japanese people in 1995-2009, showed that strokes were most common among those who ate the least chops and cream. Although Japans decline in cerebrovascular deaths could stem entirely from other causes, these data suggest that nutritional shifts may have helped.

The unhappy irony is that Japans health gains, paired with a low birth rate, threaten its economy. By 2060, 40% of Japanese could be 60 or older. That would yield more birthday cakes with 118 candlesand fewer great-grandchildren to blow them out.


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The 17 Best Longevity Tips Experts Taught Us in 2020 – Well+Good

Thursday, January 14th, 2021

In recent years, the motivation for healthy habits like veggie-heavy diets and regular exercise has shifted from present-day benefits to those more long-term in nature. And were not just interested in extending our lifespan, but our health span, tooaka the length of time we are not only alive but alive and well. Most of us want to die with our boots on, as my grandfather would sayable in both mind and body.

As such, longevity research has become a major focus in the wellness world and this year, we learned quite a bit about how to optimize our daily lives now for the benefit of our future selves. Below, a rundown of the best tips weve accumulated in 2020 for living your healthiest life into your 80s and beyondbecause theres a lot to live well for just ask President-Elect Joe Biden, who is 78!

1. Exercise this many times per week

Its no secret that human beings were designed to be a lot more active than most of us currently are in our modern-day, screen-heavy existences; however, you dont need to give up hope of a long life if youre pressed for tons of time to move each week. This year, a new study published inJAMA Internal Medicinefound that those who engage in moderate or vigorous exercise 150 minutes per weekhad lower all-cause mortality.

That translates to just 22 minutes of moderate-to-intense exercise per day. Those who got these 150 minutes per week showed a lower risk of early death from all-cause mortality, cardiovascular disease mortality, and cancer mortality.

Benefits were especially notable in those who tended toward the more rigorous side of the equation, opting for running, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) routines, or something equally as taxing. The takeaway there is that if you are doing lower-impact exercises, it might help to throw a few more hardcore (think: quick and dirty) fitness routines into the mix as well. Not sure where to start? Here are nine such workouts you can try now (or January 1, because resolutions).

2. This particular workout format packs the best longevity punch

Any exercise is better than none, so if theres a format you love and that gets you moving, you should one hundred percent stick to it. But if youre open to new things or are already a devotee, research this year shows that HIIT workouts are the most effective form of fitness from a longevity standpoint.

The study looked at the effects of two weekly HIIT workouts per week on 70 to 77 year-olds and found that all-cause mortality was 36 percent lower in that group than in the studys control group (which did whatever kind of exercise they liked). Thirty-six percent!

The specific HIIT routine the studys participants engaged in was the 44 format, which divides each workout into a 10-minute warm-up period followed by four high-intensity intervals. Each interval consists of one to two minutes of extreme exertion, at about 90 percent of maximum heart rate, followed by a three-minute period at about 60 percent of heart rate. The session then concludes with a cool down period. If you want toe try one out, here are four to get you started.

3. If your workouts dont include this one move, they probably should

Technically, research just shows that if you can do this one move easily, that in and of itself is a good indication of longevity: the squat. So while this doesnt necessarily show that doing squats will increase your lifespan, it stands to reason that one way to ensure you can do them easily is to, well, do themand frequently.

One of the reasons its such a good exerciseboth to practice frequently and as a longevity predictor is that its functional, meaning we sort of need to be able to execute squat-like movements regularly in everyday life when, for example, we move from sitting to standing. Plus, we sit too much, and therefore the parts of our bodies, e.g. the glutes, which squats activate do not get nearly the amount of work they were built to take on.

Its critical, howeverfor knee health especiallythat you squat with proper form; heres how.

4. Cardio is not to be overlooked, either

Its not always possible for everyone to engage in high-impact exercise like HIIT or running, but that doesnt mean theyre screwed from a longevity perspective. In some cases, people might want to choose exercises that are gentler on their joints, which is not the same thing as being easy.

According to a cardiologist, there are five types of low-impact cardio thatll work you out hard without irritating aging or injured parts of your body: swimming, walking, cycling, rowing, and elliptical. Or, heres a 25-minute low-impact cardio workout you can try from home today.

5. Overall, your workout routines should include these 3 pillars

Ultimately, the best fitness routines are a mix of a number of different modalities, and exercising for longevity is no different. According toAleksandra Stacha-Fleming, founder of NYCs Longevity Lab, a gym that works with people of all ages to create workouts that help their bodies age properly, your regular workouts should typically include a smattering of the following: cardio, for your heart; strength-training, for your bones; and anything that works your flexibility and mobility, e.g. yoga. Get workout vids for each here.

1. Always keep these 6 foods on hand in your fridge

According to Dan Buettner, longevity expert and author ofThe Blue Zones Kitchen, the longest-living people in the world dont obsess over or restrict what they eat; however, they naturally consume nutrient-dense foods as a way of life. The six such foods Buettner thinks you should stock up on ASAP to follow their lead are nuts, vegetables, fruit, tofu, fish, and alt-milk. Find out more about why here.

You might want to add a jar of canned hearts of palm to your shopping list the next time youre try to stock your fridge, too. The ingredient is nutrient-dense, antioxidant-rich, and packed with minerals like potassium, iron, phosphorus, and zinc. Most importantly, its Blue Zones diet-approved, meaning its a longevity-booster, too. Try these 9 recipes to make use of your next hearts of palm haul.

2. Meanwhile, these 5 foods should go in your freezer

Buettner also has thoughts on what should be found in your freezer if you hope to emulate the worlds centenarians. His top five picks include a lot of the same things you should simultaneously keep fresh in your fridge, like fruits and vegetables, and nuts fall into both categories, too. Additionally, Buettner recommends keeping bread (bless you, Buettner!) and whole grains on ice, too. Get a few recipes made with each ingredient on this Buettners freezer list here.

3. Pack these in your pantry

Buettner even shared what he keeps in his own kitchen specifically when it comes to his pantry. What youll find there includes staples such as beans, legumes, whole grains (specifically steel-cut oats and brown rice), nuts, and seeds. You should keep canned greens in your pantry, too.

4. Herbs and spices are oh-so-important, too

Excess inflammation is an enemy of healthy aging, and plants are packed with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. According to herbalist Rachelle Robinett, nutrient-dense herbs are, therefore, a great supplement for anyone looking to enhance the longevity benefits of their diet. Specifically, she recommends ginger, turmeric, spirulina, chili peppers, and ginsengfind out more on why here.

People in the Blue Zone of Okinawa, Japan, also consume an herb called otani-watari, which can be boiled and added to stir-fries, soups, and salad.

4. This one-pot recipe is a longevity experts favorite go-to meal

Whatever Buettner, whos made his lifes work longevity, is eating regularly, Ill have, too. Fortunately, this year he shared his favorite go-to meal, which just so happens to be a one-pot Ikarian Longevity Stew packed with legumes and superstar veggies. Get the recipe here.

5. Overall, its this popular diet that wins the day with respect to longevity

You may have noticed a theme in the above tips, which is that they heavily emphasize fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, and whole grains; however, the longest-living people in the world arent necessarily vegans. Instead, they adhere to the Mediterranean Diet, and recent research has strengthened the link between it and longevity.

The study found that the Mediterranean diet may be linked to lowering inflammation markers and increasing both brain function and gut healthand therefore improving the aging process overall.

Essentially, the Mediterranean diet does call for substantial amounts of those aforementioned fruits, veggies, whole grains, and nuts. It also adds olive oil as a key component alongside fish and encourages a reduction in the consumption of red meat and saturated fats.

Need a little help making shifting your eating habits to better reflect this diet? Try the Blue Zones specific daily, weekly, and monthly guide for eating more like the longest-living humans on the planet.

6. To keep it simpler still, follow these golden rules of eating for longevity

If all of the above sounds like a lot, consider this; according to Buettner, there are six golden consumption rules to follow if you want to live longer, and TBH, theyre not very restrictive. The first is to drink wine after 5 p.m., ideally with friends or loved ones and a meal. (Um, twist my arm!) The second is to eat mostly plant-based foods, which at this point feels a bit repetitive, so duh. The third is to forget fad-diet brainwashing and carbo load to your hearts desire, as long as your carbs of choice are derived from grains, greens, tubers, nuts, and beans. The fourth is to eat less meat, as mentioned prior, and the fifth is to stick to just three beveragescoffee, that aforementioned wine (okay, yes), and lots and lots of water. Find out what the lastand least obviousgolden rule is here.

1. Keep a consistent sleep schedule

The Dalai Lama might not be a longevity expert per se, but he is doing pretty well at the spritely age of 85. One of his top six tips for extending your lifespan is to maintain a consistent sleep schedule. And even though he starts his day at 3 a.m., his 7 p.m. bedtime ensures he gets a solid eight hours of sleep per night.


1. Volunteer

One less-easy-to-imitate characteristic of those occupying the worlds Blue Zones is that they retain a sense of purpose throughout their lives. In America, we tend to put older people to pasture, so to speak, and they are less naturally integrated into family and community life, too.

One way to hack a sense of purpose in our (cold, heartless) societynot just when youre older but at any ageis to volunteer. Research shows that helping other people can actually help you to live a longer life. Our results show that volunteerism among older adults doesnt just strengthen communities, but enriches our own lives by strengthening our bonds to others, helping us feel a sense of purpose and well-being, and protecting us from feelings of loneliness, depression, and hopelessness, Eric S. Kim, PhD, research scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said in a press release about the study. Find out more here, including how to adapt this hashtag-goals habit to pandemic times.

2. Grow a green thumb

According to Buettner, people in the Blue Zones, or longest-living areas of the world, garden well into their 90s and beyond. Gardening is the epitome of a Blue Zone activity because its sort of a nudge: You plant the seeds and youre going to be nudged in the next three to four months to water it, weed it, harvest it, he says. And when youre done, youre going to eat an organic vegetable, which you presumably like because you planted it. Find out more on the research behind this here.

3. Meditate

Not to state the obvious, but the Dalai Lamas longevity routine also includes regular meditation. And while he practices for seven hours a day, research shows that just five minutes per day can reap benefits such as sharpening your mind, reducing stress and, importantly, slowing aging.

4. Practice compassion

The Dalai Lama considers compassion to be one of the keys to happiness, and science says it has pro-social benefits, too. These might help us live longer lives, as humans thrive in the communities many Americans find it more difficult to build than those living in the Blue Zones do. Showing concern, care, and empathy to others can endear you to them and ensure that when the shoe is on the other foot, youve got others to lean on, too. This reciprocal relationship gives you that aforementioned sense of longevity-endowing purpose, too.

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LifeBio Selected to Present at Innovator’s Pitch Challenge During the Inaugural Longevity, Health & Innovation Conference – PRNewswire

Thursday, January 14th, 2021

MARYSVILLE, Ohio, Jan. 12, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --LifeBio, a leading age-tech solutions company using reminiscence methods and life story work for social engagement, announced today it has been selected to participate in the Innovator's Pitch Challenge (IPC) at the inaugural Longevity, Health & Innovationconference to be held virtually and concurrently during the 39th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Week, January 11-15.

LifeBio's MyHello, a tech-powered, scalable live phone intervention to prevent loneliness in older adults and to address social determinants of health (SDoH), was one of only 37 early-stage company products among hundreds of entries invited to pitch to the life science and longevity investor judging panel. The two-day Innovator's Pitch Challenge includes a 4-minute pitch followed by live Q&A sessions on January 14-15. The purpose of the pitch is to advance technology in longevity and aging by connecting buyers, sellers, and investors.

"The COVID pandemic increased loneliness and isolation among older adults which we know leads to higher levels of depression, poorer cardiovascular and diabetes health and higher rates of Alzheimer's disease," said Beth Sanders, CEO and founder of LifeBio. "MyHello is designed to be a high-tech intervention for loneliness using existing landline or mobile phones and connecting older adults with engaging conversations with the power of life stories. Research shows we reduce depression and increase happiness and well-being using the LifeBio Reminiscence Method and personalized story methods."

Julianne Holt-Lunstadat Brigham Young University, one of the foremost researchers on social isolation and loneliness, found these conditions have as much impact on longevity as obesity or even smoking. It is estimated more than 42 million older adults feel isolated and lonely, whether they live alone or in congregate living communities. In 2020, isolation and loneliness for seniors were exacerbated by the safety restrictions during the pandemic. In addition to the individual impact, loneliness and social isolation also account for $6.7 billion in additional Medicare spending annually according to a 2017 reportby AARP.

LifeBio Solutions

LifeBio ( has captured thousands of life stories, working with senior living, hospice, health insurance partners and other health providers. The company has been recognized for its innovative approach to creating solutions for social determinants of health in older populations with its MyHellosolutions, a focus of the new guidelines from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). LifeBio also recently received a $2.5 million grant from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program to test an online platform using artificial intelligence (AI) to facilitate life story work for those with dementia and Alzheimer's. (Disclaimer: Federal Grant ID: R44AG069566the content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.)

LifeBio Inc., is a leading age-tech company with more than 20 years of experience creating social engagement solutions using scientifically-proven reminiscence and life story methods. Headquartered in Marysville, Ohio, LifeBio works with health care and senior living organizations to capture key memories and experiences for people age 65+ or those facing life-limiting conditions. Most of LifeBio's work has been with organizations serving older adults. However, LifeBio recognizes the need to increase support for mental health interventions across all age groups as part of its ever-evolving product portfolio and partnerships. Learn more at: http://www.LifeBio.comor

To learn more about the Innovator's Pitch Challenge, hosted by Life Science Nation and Mary Furlong and Associates, register hereor go to:

Media Contact: Beth Sanders LifeBio 614-580-0333 [emailprotected]


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Live longer: Chlorophyll reduces cancer risk and promotes liver health to boost longevity – Express

Thursday, January 14th, 2021

Chlorophyll is a pigment present in all green plants and a few other organisms. It is required for photosynthesis, which is the process by which light energy is converted into chemical energy. According to health experts, chlorophyll should be part of our daily lives and with the numerous health benefits its easy to see why.

Chlorophyll contains vitamins, antioxidants, and therapeutic properties that all majorly benefit the body.

Dr Keith Kantor, nutritionist and dietician and CEO of the Nutritional Addiction Mitigation Eating and Drinking program said: Chlorophyllsuppresses appetite, aids in weight loss, decreases spikes in insulin which lessens cravings, helps with skin healing, helps in detoxifying the blood, reduces the risk for cancer, increases energy, helps in eliminating odours (as a natural deodorant), and helps in boosting the immune system.

People have used chlorophyll as a health supplement for many years.

A variety of medical studies have suggested that it may be helpful for skin conditions, body odours, and fighting certain kinds ofcancer.

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In a study published in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, chlorophylls ability to extend lifespan was investigated..

Results of the study indicate that chlorophyll is absorbed by worms and is thus bioavailable, constituting an important prerequisite for antioxidant and longevity-promoting activities inside the body, noted the study.

It continued: Our study thereby supports the view that green vegetables may also be beneficial for humans.

In conclusion, our experiments demonstrate that chlorophyll exhibits substantial antioxidant activity and significantly improves antioxidant resistance ofC. elegans.

Therefore, dietary chlorophyll derivatives support the recommendation of nutritionists to eat green vegetables and salads containing high contents of chlorophyll, as this could also help to improve human health and prevent diseases.

In another study published in Science Alert, the effects of chlorophyll on body functioning and blood glucose levels were analysed.

The study noted: Blood glucose levels can be affected by the various types of chlorophyll.

Experiments have proven that chlorophyll has antioxidant activities that are present in various foods.

A diet rich in chlorophyll led to a slight decrease in the number of white blood cells, haematocrit, haemoglobin and an increase in red blood cells compared with control.

It is concluded that chlorophyll is likely to have important implications regarding blood sugar and has benefits in body weight with further studies being warranted.

In addition to its neuroprotective and appetite-suppressing effects, chlorophyll promotes liver health and balances the gut flora.

A recent study posted in Frontiers in Physiology in 2018 has found that chlorophyllin may help relieve hepatic fibrosis symptoms by reducing harmful gut bacteria.

The study also indicates that chlorophyllin may reduce liver inflammation and protect the small intestine in mice with hepatic fibrosis.

Its beneficial effects on the gut microbiota hold promise for future research.

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